Let Braces Improve Your Oral Health
Does your child have a problem with overcrowded, crooked, or overlapping teeth? Dental braces are devices that align and straighten teeth, improve oral health, and can be the answer to your child's dental issues. Dr. Arnold Tracht & Dr. Daniel Briskie & Associates Specialists in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontist Dr. Nicholas Rafaill, in Rochester Hills, MI, offer high-quality braces for kids of all ages. Here are five ways braces can improve your child's oral health.
1. Correct Dental Problems - Braces are used to correct overbites, crooked teeth, crossbites, underbites, malocclusions, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw. If you are concerned that your child has one of these conditions, our pediatric dentists and orthodontist can help decide whether your child needs braces and which devices would be best.
2. Prevent Tooth Decay - Crooked and overcrowded teeth can make daily oral hygiene difficult. Dental braces can straighten your child's smile. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, and this ability to have practice better dental care will help to prevent future cavities.
3. Prevent Gum Disease - Good dental hygiene will also help prevent gum disease, an infection of the structures around the teeth. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen or red gums, sensitive teeth, painful chewing, bad breath, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, gum disease can result in a number of health problems, including inflammation, gum damage, and tooth loss.
4. Prevent Tooth Wear - Dental braces help to prevent tooth wear. When teeth bite in a way that doesn’t allow for anatomically correct biting patterns, it can cause your enamel to wear away. Tooth erosion can lead to a number of dental problems including toothaches and tooth fractures.
5. Prevent Dental Injuries - Braces can also help to prevent dental injuries. Protruding upper teeth are more likely to be fractured in an accident, while straight teeth are less prone to injury. Children who are involved in high-contact activities, such as sports, are especially at high risk. Once repositioned and aligned, your child's teeth are at a decreased risk of being broken.
If you are interested in providing braces for your child, call our Rochester Hills office at 248-608-2626 today to schedule an appointment. After all, every kid deserves a healthy, beautiful smile!
As specialists in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Tracht and Dr. Briskie -- and their associates and staff --often address parents’ concerns about the oral health of their children. Today, we are sharing information about when to schedule your child’s first dental visit.
We get asked this question a lot. What age is the right age for a child’s first dental checkup? The answer? We recommend a “well-baby” visit by age one, as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Think, “First birthday, first visit.” We fondly refer to this appointment as our Terrific Toddler visit.
This appointment will enable us to establish a positive relationship with parents and children at a young age so we can get on the road to good oral health habits. We want to identify and manage patients at high risk for tooth decay before it becomes a serious issue.
While the first appointment is generally short and involves very little treatment, it is important for beginning a thorough prevention program and gives the child an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening way. We always invite parents to hold their child on their lap while our dentist looks inside the child’s mouth. Baby feels secure and we can provide a thorough visual exam.
Prior to the appointment, parents are asked to fill out medical and health information forms about their child. Parents can find the health history form on our website here. A complete history provides us with important information that may relate to your child’s dental development and needs. Questions like Did the baby have a premature birth? Does/did your child take many oral medications? are examples of questions we need answered.
Topics we discuss during the Terrific Toddler visit include:
- Your child’s dental development and teething progress
- How best to clean your infant’s mouth
- Oral habits, such as thumb sucking and pacifier use
- Diet and snacking habits
- Potential fluoride needs
- Your child’s individual risk for tooth decay
Parent education and cooperation is an important part of pediatric oral health care. We look forward to meeting you and your infant in the future.
To schedule your infant’s first appointment, please call Dr. Tracht and Dr. Briskie at (248) 608-2626.
As specialists in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Tracht, Dr. Briskie, their associates and staff often address parents’ concerns regarding the oral health of their children. Today, we are sharing information about how to protect children who play sports.
April is National Facial Protection Month and we’d like to remind our patients -- as well as parents, coaches and athletes -- to play it safe as they prepare to suit up for recreational and organized sports this spring and summer.
A child’s mouth and face can be easily injured if the proper precautions are not used while playing sports. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half of the 7 million sports and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by children as young as 5.
In a survey commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), 67 percent of parents admitted that their children do not wear a mouth guard while playing sports and athletes who do not wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to sustain damage to their teeth.
The survey also found that 84 percent of children do not wear mouth guards while playing organized sports because they are not required to wear them. However, these same children may be required to wear other protective materials, such as helmets and shoulder pads. Mouth guards can be one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment available and not only can they save teeth, they can also help protect jaws. Children wearing braces have slightly higher risk of oral injuries, including mouth lacerations, if their braces are hit by a ball or another player.
An effective mouth guard holds teeth in place and allows for normal speech and breathing. It should cover the teeth and,depending on the patient’s bite, also the gums. By wearing a properly fitted mouth guard, many accidents and traumatic injuries can be prevented. The American Dental Association estimates that mouth guards prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries each year.
Consider these tips before your child hits the playing field:
- Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports. Mouth guards can help prevent injury to a person’s jaw, mouth and teeth. They are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury. The staff at Dr. Tracht and Dr. Briskie’s office can make customized mouth guards to fit a patient’s mouth.
- Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
- Wear protective eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.
- Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin. Hockey pucks, basketballs and racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.
Do you have questions about mouth guards or how best to protect your athletic child? Give Dr. Tracht and Dr. Briskie, specialists in pediatric dentistry, a call or schedule an appointment.
Check out why mouth guards offer more protection for athletes than bubble wrap in this video by the American Association of Orthodontists!
As specialists in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Tracht, Dr. Briskie and their associates and staff often address parents’ concerns regarding the oral health of their children. Today, we are sharing information about how we care for our pediatric patients with special needs.
To us, every child is exceptional, which is why we are happy to cater to all children from infancy through early adulthood. This includes youngsters of pre-cooperative age and those with special needs including physical, mental and emotional challenges.
All of our pediatric dental specialists are highly trained to work with children of all backgrounds. We recommend establishing care with our patients as early as possible so we can be proactive in preventing oral issues and create a mutually beneficial relationship with the patient and caregiver. In fact, we support the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommendation that a child’s first trip to the dentist should be some time after the first tooth appears and by one year. This is especially important for children with special challenges. We can offer tips to parents and caregivers so they can promote good oral health habits at home.
How our office can assist special needs patients:
- Our "open-style" treatment area promotes a supportive and fun environment with fun items such as Gameboys and headphones for music and stories.
- We will provide and recommend special oral hygiene aids to assist patients who need them.
- We welcome caregivers to remain with their child during an appointment and to work in partnership with us.
- We work closely with the medical community to successfully manage our patients with complex concerns.
- We comfort our patients as much as possible and show and tell them what we're going to do before we do it to help ease worries and fears. It’s the tried and true “Show, Tell, Do” approach!
- If a child is not able cooperate for treatment, we can administer mild medications that provide a conscious (awake) sedation. For more complex cases, we can use unconscious sedation in a local hospital with the support of an anesthesiologist.
Our work with special needs patients was recently featured on Oakland County Moms, a Michigan-based Web site linking parents to local events and resources. To view the article, click here.
Do you have questions about your child with special needs visiting our office? Give Dr. Tracht and Dr. Briskie, specialists in pediatric dentistry, a call or schedule an appointment.
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